Samsung’s newest processors have full network connectivity built-in

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Say hello to Samsung’s latest in-house processor, the Exynos 7570. It’s a quad-core 14nm processor that effectively falls into the budget-friendly range, but it stands out for a few reasons. It’s the first time we’ve seen a non-flagship processor using 14nm manufacturing, and it’s the first Exynos chip that has all of the necessary smartphone connectivity options baked in. That’s a big deal for many reasons. Read more

T-Mobile One unlimited plan getting tweaked after customer feedback

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When T-Mobile One was announced, it wasn’t exactly met with a warm reception, despite what John Legere yelled about on Twitter. There are aspects of the plan that are no doubt great for customers, but the drawbacks are very apparent. Fortunately, T-Mobile is taking some of that feedback to heart and tweaking the new plan to make things a little more palatable for all of us. Read more

Next Android Wear watch faces will be crowdsourced

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The next batch of Android Wear watch faces is set to drop in the fall, but instead of teaming up professional designers, Google is asking the internet to help design the new faces for its smartwatch platform. They’ve teamed up with PAPER magazine to run a competition that’s open to pretty much anyone, which should lead to some unique watch faces. Read more

You can play some card games right from Google Search

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Google is no stranger to adding Easter eggs and weird features to Search. Do a quick Google search for “recursion,” “do a barrel roll,” or “Google in 1998” and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

Sometimes, they add useful functions, like medical conditions and symptoms or shopping lists, and sometimes we get things that are somewhere in the middle. This update lands somewhere in the middle. Read more

WhatsApp will begin coordinating with Facebook and sharing your phone number

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WhatsApp is updating their privacy policy, marking the first time they’ve done so in the past four years. The new policy will help lay the groundwork for the future of WhatsApp, but it also brings some inevitable Facebook integration after Facebook scooped up the messaging platform for nearly $20 billion. It also outlines some end-to-end encryption stuff, which is a big plus. Read more